Third Congressional District candidate addresses report in online news magazine, calling it ‘reprehensible behavior’
The battle for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District continues to intensify as online news magazine, Gateway Pundit, published a report last week critical of Congressional Candidate, Heidi St. John.
St. John, one of three conservative Republicans who have filed to challenge incumbent Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler in the 2022 primary election, called the magazine’s June 3 report “false accusations’’ in a statement released Monday.
“I knew progressives would say ugly, hateful things about me and even make up outright lies and what America has come to recognize as ‘Fake News.’ What I didn’t count on was that other conservatives would engage in the same types of reprehensible behavior,’’ St. John said in the statement. “When asked recently on an Instagram ‘ask me anything’ question, ‘What makes you more qualified than a 20 year army vet and former Trump advisor?’ I answered, ‘Life experience. There are many ways to be a warrior for this country. I have been fighting on the front lines for freedom for a very long time. I have lived in the district longer than any of my opponents. I have a proven track record of starting businesses and standing for freedom.’”
St. John continued, “I chose to ‘get off the bench and onto the battlefield’ — a signature phrase I have used for over five years from Psalm 127:3, ‘Children are arrows in the hands of a warrior.’ It is a theme of my published books. I have fought for children and freedom for years, starting at the steps of the US Capitol more than 15 years ago. My life experience is relatable to the majority of the third district. Raising and homeschooling seven children while successfully founding and managing multiple small businesses that have served hundreds of 3rd District families over the past 20 years has indeed given me much life experience, and we all have a role to play in standing up for the rights and freedoms of every American.’’
Joe Kent and Wadi Yakhour are the other candidates challenging Herrera Beutler in the 3rd Congressional District. Kent is the Army veteran and former Trump advisor referred to in the Instragram question. When contacted by Clark County Today, Kent declined to weigh in on the controversy over St. John’s response.
“I am 100% focused on defeating JHB and exposing her betrayal of the values of this district on everything from impeachment to endless foreign wars, from the tech industry to the timber industry, from Antifa to Obamacare,’’ said Kent, who is scheduled to be a guest on .Tucker Carlson Tonight Show on FOX News Thursday (June 10) at 10 p.m.
The Gateway Pundit report also included accusations that two of St. John’s businesses have been “dissolved for failure to pay taxes.’’
“This was a simple oversight due to the fact that the state mailed the annual paperwork renewals to the wrong addresses for our contracted bookkeeper,’’ St. John said in her statement, also statins that as soon as the mistake was realized, the appropriate reports were filed and the businesses were “reinstated” in active standing.
“This paperwork has nothing to do with taxes,’’ St. John said. “I have never evaded taxes, filed bankruptcy, or been foreclosed upon. Today more than ever, I appreciate the extraordinary job President Trump did while being relentlessly battered with ‘Fake News’ and unfounded accusations from his political enemies on every side. We MUST do better if America is to remain the land of the free and the home of the brave.
“I welcome your support if you too believe it’s time to focus on the issues facing America and ignore the ‘Fake News’ and lies that seek to distract all of us from the enormous job that lies ahead of ‘Making America Great Again,’’’ St. John said. “It’s disappointing to see people I respect be willing to so quickly believe such things about me. The hundreds of thousands of people who follow me know that I am an open book and care deeply about truth and integrity in every area of my life. These attempts to destroy my character and undermine my effort to unseat Jaime Herrera Beutler do not deter me.’’
Those interested can keep up to date with St John’s candidacy can do so by listening to her weekly podcast “America’s Town Hall with Heidi St. John” and by connecting with the campaign at HeidiStJohnforCongress.com.